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by paul.mercer
Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck commerce raiding
Replies: 41
Views: 6776

Re: Bismarck commerce raiding

Dave Saxton wrote: Old R class battleships and such really represented not much more than a bluff in the face of modern battleships or battlecruisers, because something like the Bismarck or Gneiesnau can just stand off at a longer range and pummel one of these old unmodernized battleships. Gentlemen...
by paul.mercer
Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck commerce raiding
Replies: 41
Views: 6776

Bismarck commerce raiding

Gentlemen, Unfortunately the 'Bismarck escapes' thread appears to be locked so here is another angle. Lets assume that she is not intercepted and breaks out for commerce raiding. As we know, when the twins broke out the instructions were for them not to engage equal or superior forces i.e. convoys a...
by paul.mercer
Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:54 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: KGv class with different guns
Replies: 145
Views: 14052

Re: KGv class with different guns

Gentlemen, Many thanks for your replies. What would the result be with a fully worked up KGv class armed with the tried and trusted 8 x 15" and with the radar & the range finders available at the the time on both ships - on a one to one fight? In my humble opinion it would end in a draw with both sh...
by paul.mercer
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck Myths
Replies: 179
Views: 40000

Re: Bismarck Myths

Gentlemen, The object of these forums is discussion on various subjects, mainly about Bismarck. Everyone has an opinion and rightly so, but it is a little sad to see some of these exchanges getting rather heated. There is little doubt that at the very begining of WW2 Germany probably had the best eq...
by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: About the Bodies
Replies: 35
Views: 32301

Re: About the Bodies

Gentlemen, At the risk of sounding gruesome, one of the explorers that went down to the wreck said that he saw a huge number of seaboots lying on the seabed where bodies had been. What puzzles me is why. Bismarck came to rest a long way from where she first hit the bottom, so why were there so many ...
by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:43 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Top Ten World War II Movies
Replies: 18
Views: 20546

Re: Top Ten List: Best WW2 movies

Gentlemen,
Don't forget the Dambusters!
by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:34 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck Myths
Replies: 179
Views: 40000

Re: Two more myths?

"and the nearly sinking of Prince of Wales" Gentlemen, This question was raised in other threads. Had the 15" shell from Bismarck that lodged itself deep in the bowels of POW exploded then it is quite possible that it may have set off her magazine and caused another disaster, however, it did not an...
by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:55 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: KGv class with different guns
Replies: 145
Views: 14052

Re: KGv class with different guns

KGV enjoyed good armour protection. A heavier main battery would of course been welcomed but I dont suppose Bismarck would have sank any better or that North Cape would have been changed much Gentlemen, Thanks for your replies. Given that Renown caused significant damage to Gneisneau with her 6 x15...
by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: BISMARCK armor scheme = BADEN?
Replies: 157
Views: 21613

Re: BISMARCK armor scheme = BADEN?

Ballantynes book states that the reason that the shells were going straight through was that Rodney was using armour piercing at close range instead of high explosive ones which had been offloaded prior to her refit in the US. Rodney would have used APC in any case against Bismarck. HE was reserved...
by paul.mercer
Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: KGv class with different guns
Replies: 145
Views: 14052

KGv class with different guns

Gentlemen, Much has been said about the effectiveness or otherwise of the British 14". How about a senario where the KGv class were armed with either 8 x 15", 8 x 16" or even 9 x 15" or 9 x 16" in conventional order for the 8 guns i.e two turrets fore & aft, or two fore & one aft for the 9 (if that ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: BISMARCK armor scheme = BADEN?
Replies: 157
Views: 21613

Re: BISMARCK armor scheme = BADEN?

Gentlemen, Thanks for your replies. Ballantynes book states that the reason that the shells were going straight through was that Rodney was using armour piercing at close range instead of high explosive ones which had been offloaded prior to her refit in the US. Surely an armour piercing 16" shell t...
by paul.mercer
Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:30 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: BISMARCK armor scheme = BADEN?
Replies: 157
Views: 21613

Re: BISMARCK armor scheme = BADEN?

Gentlemen, Much has been made in these forums on the size,weight & capabilities of Bismarcks armour, I have just finished Ballantynes book in which he stresses the distructiion caused by Rodneys 16". He also says that several of the shells were seen passing straight through Bismarck, would this have...
by paul.mercer
Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Your Favourite Warship of World War II
Replies: 67
Views: 13941

Re: Your Favourite War Ship of the 2nd World War

Darren43 wrote:Warspite. Gotta love that fat old girl, she never gave up, even busted her tow on the way to the breakers.
Agreed, Warspite proved herself in both wars, what a pity she was not saved from the breakers and preserved for all time.
by paul.mercer
Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: British N3 & G3 against others
Replies: 4
Views: 1944

Re: British N3 & G3 against others

Gentlemen,
How would you put them against the proposed German superbattleships?
by paul.mercer
Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:48 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: British N3 & G3 against others
Replies: 4
Views: 1944

British N3 & G3 against others

RN N3 Battleship design was for four ships each 48,500 tons 820 feet long 106 foot beam 9 x 18 inch 16 x 6 inch 6 x 4.7 inch dp. Speed 23.5 knots. Armour 15 inch belt, 8 inch deck 15 inch turrets. Would have launched 1925 G3 Battle Cruisers (in fact Fast Battleships in armour) four ships each 48,00...